Abstract: A device for pollinating plants such as flowering trees. The device is a movable platform such as a drone that has an image capturing device that is in communication with image recognition software. Images of plants are analyzed to detect objects that are consistent with pollen-receiving plants and/or plant areas. Once such plant object is detected, the device automatically disperses pollen in the proximity of the detected plant or plant object.
Abstract: A device for detecting offending objects such as insects on substrates such as on leaves, plants, in fluid or over a large area. The device has a microscope lens which magnifies a portion of the substrate and sends an image of the substrate portion to an image recognition system. If the image recognition system detects the presence of an offending object—further steps are taken to remove, neutralize or mark the area where the offending object is located for subsequent action. The device may be mounted on a movable platform such as drone for active surveillance and action over a large area.
Abstract: A device for detecting offending objects such as insects on substrates such as on leaves, plants or in fluid. The device has a microscope lens which magnifies a portion of the substrate and sends an image of the substrate portion to an image recognition system. If the image recognition system detects the presence of an offending object—further steps are taken to remove, neutralize or mark the area where the offending object is located for subsequent action.
Abstract: An insect trap for use in trapping and exterminating crawling insects including bed bugs. The trap includes a pit fall trap assembly with sidewalls defining a pit or well and a heat source positioned within the pit. The trap includes a controller assembly with a controller selectively operating the heat source, which includes a base plate provided at a bottom of the pit. In this way, the base plate provides the floor or lower surfaces of the pit upon which insects fall and also to which the insects are attracted by the thermal lure of the heat source. The inner surfaces preferably include a layer of anti-traction material (such as UHMW tape or the like) such that the insects cannot climb back out of the pit. The controller operates to alternate the heat source between a lure temperature mimicking a blood host and a higher temperature to exterminate trapped insects.
April 10, 2012
Date of Patent:
March 10, 2015
Disney Enterprises, Inc.
John Douglas Smith, Mark Naylor, Jeffrey Norman Vahle, Tanya Peak Smith, L. Keith Forbis
Abstract: The present invention provides an apparatus for damaging a flying pest comprising: a housing connected to a continuous perforated side wall to a laser contacting surface; a laser beam generator and a laser rotating mechanism attached to the housing and positioned to transmit a laser beam generally radially downward toward the laser contacting surface in a 360 degree pattern on the laser contacting surface, wherein the laser beam contacts and damages a flying pest; a control mechanism in communication with the laser beam generator to control the generation of the laser beam and in communication with the laser rotating mechanism to control one or more parameters relating to the pattern; and a power supply in electrical communication with the control mechanism, the laser rotating mechanism, and the laser beam generator.
Abstract: The invention relates to an apparatus comprising an injection device (1) for producing a flow of a high-speed combustible gas mixture, and a burner head (2) in which said flow is injected through a tabular extender (70) connecting said injection device (1) to said head (2). The extender has a maximal length higher than 600 mm and includes at the gravity center of the device assembly, means for suspension to a portion of the operator's body.
Abstract: The invented equipment attracts mosquitoes in long distance by carbon dioxide which is created by combustion of kerosene and in short distance by temperature of a landing wall which is warmed up by exhaust gas of the combustion, utilizes not only intake air flow and habit of the mosquitoes to bite but also gravitational force, then effectively and economically traps the mosquitoes which land on the mosquito landing wall.
Abstract: A process for removing or treating harmful biological and organic substances within an enclosure includes heating the ambient air within the enclosed area to a predetermined temperature over time to cause harmful biological or organic substances to be destroyed or migrate into the ambient air. Temperature and pressure levels are monitored through the treatment process. Contaminated objects or areas may be subjected to biocides, irradiation, or even freezing as part of the treatment process. The air removed from the enclosure is preferably passed through an incinerator, a filter or an irradiation device and the heated air is re-circulated to enhance efficiency.
Abstract: In certain embodiments, a system for killing pests in an affected area includes a burner for heating a fluid. Heat exchanger units are placed within associated regions of the affected area. Each heat exchanger unit receives the fluid from the burner and emits heated air by transferring heat from the fluid to ambient air within the affected area. Air movers are positioned to circulate the heated air emitted by the heat exchanger units and prevent stratification of the heated air. A temperature difference between the fluid received by the heat exchanger units and the ambient air within the affected area results the affected area being raised to a target temperature greater than 122 degrees Fahrenheit.
January 14, 2011
July 19, 2012
Technologies Holdings Corp.
Todd R. DeMonte, Sean M. Ebert, Michael J. Steffes
Abstract: A system and process is provided for removing or treating harmful biologic and organic substances within an enclosure, such as a container, building or vehicle. Air within the enclosure is heated to a predetermined temperature to kill organisms and cause harmful substances in the structure to migrate into the ambient air. Boric acid in combination with the heat may be used to kill mold and similar undesirable organisms. Temperature and pressure levels are monitored. The heated air carrying the harmful substances is passed through a filter to remove the harmful substances, and the heated air is re-circulated to enhance efficiency. The system effectively kills insects, molds, viruses and bacteria and reduces the levels of allergens and volatile organic compounds in the structure.
Abstract: The invention is BURROWING PEST CONTROL DEVICE, while mixing together oxygen and a flammable gas and injecting it into an underground burrow. The device includes the feature of being operated from a remote position, a vortex injection of the gases, and a device for generating a shockwave to propagate combustion throughout the stream of mixed gases.
Abstract: The invention relates to an arrangement for destroying vermin (2). To ensure a quick and certain dispatch of the vermin and to depollute is efficiently the arrangement according to the invention comprises: a device (3) for the generation of an airflow in a conveying channel (4), wherein the conveying channel (4) has an intake opening (6) for vermin (2) at one end (5), a filter element (7) which is arranged in the conveying channel (4), wherein the filter element (7) is designed to detain vermin (2) and to allow air to pass and wherein a disposal opening (8) for vermin (2) is arranged in the area of the filter element (7) and at least one radiation device and/or at least one heating device (9) for emitting a radiation (10) which dispatches the vermin (2), wherein the radiation device and/or the heating device (9) is arranged between the intake opening (6) and the filter element (7) along the conveying channel (4) or in an area abutting on the same.
Abstract: A plug-in device for controlling and exterminating pests includes an electrically powered heat source, a source of a volatile material adjacent to the heat source, the volatile material including at least a pesticide, and a source of carbon dioxide, wherein emitted heat and carbon dioxide attract the pests and wherein the volatile material is vaporized by the heat, thereby exterminating the attracted pests.
Abstract: An apparatus for controlling a duration of burn of a stick of incense includes a base and a ferric rod extending away from and over the base. A hole is provided in the base for placement of a bottom end of the incense. A cylindrical portion is adapted to fit over and slide along a longitudinal length of the incense. A magnet is attached to the cylindrical portion and is adapted to secure the cylindrical portion, where desired, along a longitudinal length of the rod. Accordingly, the incense is supported in two locations and is disposed under and generally parallel to the rod. The incense is able to burn until the area of combustion reaches the cylindrical portion, at which time it is extinguished. Two alternate embodiments are described that allow use of modified forms of the cylindrical portion with prior art types of incense burners.
Abstract: A method includes a burning step, a cleaning step, a drugging step, a covering step, and a sealing step to effectively exterminate insect pests inside and outside an ant mound. Specifically, the ant mound is intermittently burnt with flame to kill the insect pests that run out of the ant mound in batches. The ant mound is then removed to expose outlets of ant channels. Next, pharmaceuticals are placed in and surround the outlets of the ant channels. A container is then placed on top of and covers the outlets of the ant channels. The container is sealed to isolate the interior of the container from the exterior of the container, avoiding leakage of gasified pharmaceuticals and preventing entrance of ambient fresh air into the container. Sunlight transmitting the container gasifies the pharmaceuticals in the container, and gasified pharmaceuticals flow into deep channels to kill the insect pests.
Abstract: A method for thermal pest control in fruit production and agriculture involves projecting at least one stream of hot air to a crop from a movable vehicle which moves in a direction substantially parallel to rows of the crop. The stream of hot air can be projected substantially parallel to, substantially transverse to, or substantially oblique to the rows of the crop.
Abstract: A substance delivery device includes a combustible paperboard strip and at least one substance toxic to insects and a perfume. The delivery device can take the form of a coil and includes a flexible backing sheet for supporting the combustible paperboard strip. The flexible backing sheet is not capable of combustion. Additionally, the material of the paperboard strip can include a combustion promoter.
Abstract: A mobile soil-disinfecting device (10) comprising a cultivating unit (20), a soil treating chamber (23), a bellows (28), a heat exchanger (56), and a heat-generating unit (26). The cultivating unit (20) comprises one or more cultivating members adapted for breaking the soil and throwing it upwardly into the soil treating chamber (23), and the heat exchanger (56) being in thermal communication with the heat generating unit (26), the bellows (28) adapted for drawing ambient air, passing the air through the heat exchanger (56) and throwing hot air into the soil treating chamber (23).
Abstract: The present portable exterminating apparatus uses an ignite charge of gas to produce both concussion and heat within the burrow of a rodent, along with residual toxic fumes, all contributing to rodent extermination. The apparatus includes a barrel, an injection control assembly, an ignition system, and a safety system including a pressure sensor and preferably a check valve. The mixing chamber of the apparatus mixes a flammable gas, such as propane, with oxygen, preferably from a bottled oxygen source, at a desired ratio. The barrel nozzle is placed into the burrow opening, and the flammable mixture is discharged into the burrow, and subsequently ignited. The ignition system including a battery, an ignition switch, and an improved ignition component inducing arcing across a pair of electrodes located within the nozzle of the barrel. The ignition switch is preferably located near the discharge valve for one-hand operation of the apparatus.
Abstract: A tractor mountable apparatus for collecting and destroying insects from multiple rows of plants, and for simultaneously burning unwanted vegetation on the ground between the rows of plants as the tractor passes along the rows, is disclosed. The apparatus includes a supporting frame mountable upon the front end of a tractor with a number of open top metal pans suspended from the supporting frame at spaced intervals such that the pans pass between rows of plants as the apparatus moves through a field. Each of the pans has three or more transversely spaced elongated gas burner conduits for directing combustible gases along the surface of the pan and directing the combustible gases downwardly beyond the rear end of the pan for destroying insects that are knocked into the pan as the pan passes between the rows, and for destroying unwanted vegetation between the rows of plants.
Abstract: A method for destroying plants by superheating air, compressing it and using it to melt the plant's waxy cuticular coating while utilizing foam made in the process as an insulating agent. The melting of the waxy layer causes dehydration and death to the plant. The foam has a temperature close to the boiling point of water and surfactant combination. This requires that not only the water but also the compressed air be heated above the boiling point of water to achieve a foam whose temperature is approximately 212.degree. F.
Abstract: An apparatus for controlling weeds and undergrowth by the application of hot water thereto. The apparatus is particularly characterized by its construction including an endless, ground-engaging belt, or apron, disposed immediately aft of the hot water spray. Thus, when hot water is sprayed on the weeds and undergrowth, the sprayed vegetation is not only compressed by the apron, but also heat from the water is retained therein, insulated from ambient conditions by the apron.
Abstract: A device for removing deer ticks and similar insects from a person's skin is disclosed. The device includes a heatable pointed needle and a spoon member located in spaced relationship alongside the needle with the bowl of the spoon facing the needle. The needle is used for poking the tick in order to cause it to retract its stinger and back off of the skin, at which point the tick may be removed in its entirety by scooping it with a spoon member located next to the hot needle. In a first embodiment of the invention, the needle and spoon member are carried on a body unit or base member in the form of a hand held gun, and the needle may be heated by an internal, self-electrical power source and heating element, or by a secondary heat source. In a second embodiment, the needle and spoon are mounted on a base member which may be attached to a flame-type cigarette lighter to heat the needle.
Abstract: A new method and apparatus includes the inspection of structural wooden members within a structure wall, and then the isolation of the wooden members infected with the insects. Heat producing devices are positioned adjacent to a first one of the isolated wooden members on the outside of the wall. The positioned heat producing device is then activated, and the adjacent isolated wooden member is caused to be heated to increase the temperature thereof sufficiently to kill a large number of the insects contained therewithin to eradicate substantially the entire infestation thereof. The heat producing device is then deactivated after the insect killing temperature has been attained. Thereafter, the remaining individual ones of the isolated infected wooden members are treated in a similar manner.
Abstract: An apparatus for trapping fire ants includes a trapping container defining an ant nesting space. The trapping container includes a bottom opening at a base end thereof that provides an ant access to the nesting space within the trapping container, and a top opening at the end of the trapping container opposite the base end. A nesting material is positioned within the trapping container above the container bottom opening and closure devices are positioned at both ends of the trapping container for sealably closing the top and bottom openings. A heating device is associate with the trapping container for heating at least a portion of the nesting space to an ant attracting temperature. The heating device also preferably may be used to heat the nesting space to an ant killing temperature after ants have been attracted thereto.
Abstract: A hand tool for removing ticks from the skin of a live animal. The tool includes two elongated arms having free ends shaped as hollow cup elements. When the two arms are squeezed toward each other the two cup elements cooperatively encircle the body of a tick protruding from the animal surface. Electrical heater elements within the cup elements apply heat to the tick body, causing the tick to loosen its hold on the animal skin. The tool can then be moved to lift the tick away from the animal skin surface.
Abstract: The present invention relates to a device to exterminate dust ticks, bedbugs and fleas inhabitant in carpets, tatami mats and others in a simple manner, and said device is provided with a base body movable along the subject of extermination such as carpet and others, and a far-infrared ray emission unit to radiate far-infrared rays toward said subject of extermination.
September 2, 1987
Date of Patent:
July 4, 1989
Shinichi Munemasa, Kanji Ueki, Eiichi Yoshino
Abstract: A trap for trapping and disposing of rodents, the trap having a bait container and a bait tube for placing bait in a bait location. An electric eye then senses the presence of a rodent. The trap has a harpoon, activated by the electric eye, for killing the rodent. After the rodent is killed, a pair of flat plates flatten the body. An electric coil then incinerates the body, and the apparatus is automatically reset.
Abstract: A hood or cover is disclosed for use in eradicating ants. The hood is translucent and uses a lens shape to intensify sunlight. It is placed over an ant mound, where it raises the temperature sufficiently to kill the nest.
Abstract: In an apparatus for successively igniting a plurality of incense sticks or other elongated combustible articles, a series of timer discs on a common shaft is rotated by an electric motor. The rim of each disc is provided with a bore for holding one end of an incense stick. The opposite end of the stick is supported beneath an igniter element. As the motor shaft rotates, the timer discs are successively rotated to move the incense sticks, one at a time, into contact with the igniter element. Following ignition, each incense stick is further rotated for exposure to the atmosphere until fully consumed. The speed of rotation of the timer discs is controlled to provide complete consumption of an incense stick during each shaft revolution.
Abstract: The present invention is directed to a method for rapidly igniting combustible material over a predetermined area of a field which contemplates positioning a plurality of combustible elements at spaced-apart locations adjacent a first boundary of the predetermined area and extending a line from each element across the field to a position adjacent to a second boundary. Each line and its associated element is then advanced substantially across the predetermined area from the first boundary to the second boundary. The result is a rapid torching or ignition of the combustible material so that a concentrated heat source is provided which gives buoyancy to the smoke thereby lifting same into the upper atmosphere.
Abstract: Forceps including a pair of closable arms having cup-shaped gripping members affixed to the ends of the arms and adapted to be closed upon and to grip the protruding portion of a tick or other parasite which is attached through biting engagement to the skin of a host animal. At least one of the gripping members is provided with either an electrical thermal element or a chemical agent applicator affixed to its inner surface and adapted, when applied to a tick or parasite, to cause the latter to release its bite whereupon it can be easily, hygienically, and painlessly removed from the skin of the host animal by a retraction force applied via the forceps.
Abstract: Tractor mountable apparatus for collecting and destroying insects from multiple rows of plants, such as cotton, as the tractor passes along the rows is disclosed. The apparatus comprises a supporting frame including longitudinal support members mountable upon the front end of a tractor to project forward rather than rearwardly thereof, and transverse support members carried by the longitudinal support members. A plurality of insect destroying open topped metal pans are suspended from the transverse support members and are spaced to pass between the rows of plants as the apparatus moves through a field. Each of the pans has an elongated perforated gas fired burner for heating the pan and for completely incinerating insects falling into the pans, and laterally extending resilient agitator means or flexible aprons mounted thereon for knocking insects from the side branches of the plants.
Abstract: Tractor mountable apparatus for collecting and destroying insects from multiple rows of plants, such as cotton, as the tractor passes along the rows is disclosed. The apparatus comprises a supporting frame including longitudinal support members mountable upon the front end of a tractor to project forward rather than rearwardly thereof, and transverse support members carried by the longitudinal support members. A plurality of insect destroying open topped metal pans are suspended from the transverse support members and are spaced to pass between rows of plants as the apparatus moves through a field. Each of the pans has an elongated perforated gas fired burner for heating the pan and for completely incinerating insects falling into the pans and laterally extending resilient agitator means or flexible aprons mounted thereon for knocking insects from the side branches of the plants.
Abstract: A chassis having a walking beam undercarriage suspends a carrier in an adjustable manner. The carrier is confined for vertical travel by chassis mounted guides and serves to carry a series of liner members defining multiple burning chambers. Each chamber is served by a low pressure oil burner and exhausts a heat flow downwardly against the passing ground surface. The liner members are detachably mounted by knock-out pins for purposes of periodic servicing the carrier. Repositionable wheel assemblies on the walking beam undercarriage permit travel of the chassis in one direction during operation and lengthwise travel for passage over roadways.